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The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease, Second Edition Paperback – Sep 28 2007

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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (Sept. 28 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789033356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789033352
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By A Customer on March 4 2004
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I purchased this book (along with a few others on the subject) initially because I was interested in the topic.
Not a medical person or psychiatrist of any sort, I just thought it was something that I would enjoy looking into. For those that know how the subconscious works, you'll appreciate the fact that I discovered that I was a victim of PTSD while delving into the subject.
It was as if the universe was trying to tell me something. All I can say is that it opened my eyes and changed my life in ways I never knew possible.
For those interested in fiction dealing with a topic along these lines (and also Dissociative Identity Disorder) I would recommend reading a book called "Bark of the Dogwood" by Jackson McCrae. It's an intricate study of PTSD, child abuse, dysfunction, and a little of everything else, and packs quite a wallop. And it's actually quite funny in places--probably the ONLY book I know of about child abuse that has a bright side.
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By A Customer on Aug. 15 2004
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This book, along with WAKING THE TIGER are two of the most useful books I've come across that deal with post traumatic stress disorder. Highly recommended. Would also recommend two works of fiction that deal with this: GOOD GRIEF and THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.
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Here finally is the neurological basis for the weirdly persistent, highly distressing, ever-cycling symptoms of posttraumatic stress. Don't let the medical terminology stop you from reading this book. It's a stunning revelation to see how physiologically based this syndrome really is, rooted as it is in the survival imperative of the freeze response and it's cognitive partner, dissociation. Makes those diagnostic categories which most of us therapists got trained on pretty irrelevant! I leaned heavily on the fabulous info in this book to write my own chapter on the physiology of PTSD. It's a must read for people with PTSD, their family, friends and counselors.
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What insight! I also highly recommend reading Peaceful Heart: A Woman's Journey of Healing, by Aimee Jo Martin....a book that is a true testament to the human spirit and takes the reader thru a client's perspective of getting thru PTSD.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9eb4a9f0) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
120 of 120 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb7e648) out of 5 stars Explains PTSD Like Nothing Else June 13 2003
By B. Naparstek - Published on Amazon.com
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Here finally is the neurological basis for the weirdly persistent, highly distressing, ever-cycling symptoms of posttraumatic stress. Don't let the medical terminology stop you from reading this book. It's a stunning revelation to see how physiologically based this syndrome really is, rooted as it is in the survival imperative of the freeze response and it's cognitive partner, dissociation. Makes those diagnostic categories which most of us therapists got trained on pretty irrelevant! I leaned heavily on the fabulous info in this book to write my own chapter on the physiology of PTSD. It's a must read for people with PTSD, their family, friends and counselors.
63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb7e894) out of 5 stars The body does bear the burden Jan. 30 2006
By Ronald A. Ruden - Published on Amazon.com
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When a thoughtful individual takes the time to summarize 30 years of experience, I view this as a great gift. When his insights allow us to help in treatment, it is a blessing. His major thesis is that trauma, when it produces a chronic stress disorder, can manifest in peculair physical ways. This is the key insight and Dr. Scaer backs his observations with lots of clinical and research data. No doubt some will find this a rigorous read, but it is well worth the effort. I had the opportunity to try this theory. A teacher in a rough part of town ( I live in NYC) witnessed in his class a fight where a student viciously punched a girl in the head, when the teacher interevened, the next blow was to the back of his head sending him into the chalk board and breaking his glasses. He presented 5 days later with classic post concussion syndrome of impaired memory, inablility to read and other congnitve deficits. Before I read Dr. Scaer's book, I would have have not been able to treat him, for, from a medical point of view, it was all the brain banging aroung in his skull that caused this. However, Dr. Scaer made me think that this was instead a PTSD from having witnessed a vicious attack. I treated him with EFT and remarkably two days later he was normal! (This would have usually taken many weeks). We are all searching for ways to treat PTSD, but at least we can now view some mystifying symptoms in a model for which hopefully soon we will be able to fix. Kudos, Dr. Scaer.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb7e858) out of 5 stars A tough climb for us non-professionals ... but worth it Aug. 3 2008
By StingTrader - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, as other reviewers have noted, this book has lots medical terminology. Yes, parts are repetitive, perhaps written more like a consultant's report than an easily digestible media bite. But the contents are well worth the effort.
I am in therapy, working on trauma issues, and this book brought so much together for me, and served as a guide to issues in my life that are very relevant.
If you're looking for another "flavor of the month" self help book, this is not for you. If you are struggling with PTSD, or think you may be, or are interested in MyoFascial Release, Somatic Experiencing, and other new therapies, this provides a great scientific grounding.
Highly recommended.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb7ee34) out of 5 stars Should be in the library of healthcare providers April 1 2008
By pgp - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the first edition and this edition is even better!

I work in OB and have seen so many people who have been traumatized by the birth experience- both patients and healthcare givers alike.

I speak on "When Birth Causes Trauma" alot and this is one of the books that I refer my audience to.

This book should be in the library of everyone who deals with patients who have had a traumatic experience and any healthcare giver who has had a traumatic experience.

Paulina Perez, RN, BSN
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HASH(0x9e9c706c) out of 5 stars The BOdy Bears The Burden Feb. 11 2010
By K. Johns - Published on Amazon.com
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This book changed my life. As someone who has lived with Traumatic Brain Injury and numerous odd symptoms, I have always believed that there was a missing piece of information that I hadn't found as to why my symptoms outlived the 'usual' time frames predicted. This book explained everything that had ever made sense to me in a way that connected the dots and provided a whole picture of trauma and its effects on the body and mind. I have loaned this book to a lot of my Specialists and friends who have all found enormous pleasure and intrigue in it. Groudbreaking for anyone who has survived trauma but hasnt found a way to step out of its shadow.


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